Daily Current Affairs | 17 July, 2021

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IAHE signs pact with University of New South Wales for setting up centre of excellence

The Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE), under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MORTH), has signed an Agreement with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia for setting up a Centre for Advanced Transportation Technology and Systems (CATTS) at IAHE, Noida.

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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways: Nitin Jairam Gadkari

India, Sri Lanka and Maldives Hold Joint Exercise TTX-2021 On Maritime Security

Top defence officials from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives participated in a virtual trilateral table top exercise where they discussed best practices and procedures for countering common transnational maritime crime like curbing narcotics and assistance in maritime search and rescue.TTX-2021 was organized by Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai from July 14-15, 2021.

NCW signs MoU with BPRD for gender sensitisation of police personnel

National Commission for Women has signed an MoU with Bureau of Police Research and Development for gender sensitization of police personnel across the country.Gender sensitization of police personnel with respect to legislation and policies concerning women, bringing attitudinal and behavioural changes in police are the objectives of the programme

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NCW Chairperson: Rekha Sharma


93rd Foundation day of ICAR celebrated virtually


Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) celebrated its 93rd foundation day virtually on July 16.’Kisan Sarathi’, a digital platform to facilitate farmers to get ‘right information at right time’ in their desired language, was launched

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ICAR Headquarters: New Delhi


Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology enables map services in UMANG App through MoU with MapmyIndia


As a result of integration of UMANG with MapmyIndia, citizens will be able to find government facilities nearest to their location, such as mandis, blood banks and much more, at the click of a button.Besides, they will also be able to view the driving distance, get directions and turn by turn voice and visual guidance to locations, including traffic and road safety alerts

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The UMANG mobile app launched in 2017


Manduadih railway station renamed as Banaras


The Manduadih railway station has been finally renamed as Banaras by the North eastern railways (NER). The newly painted signboards were put up with Banaras written in Hindi, Sanskrit, English, and Urdu.The code for the station with the new identity will now be ‘BSBS’

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The name ‘Banaras’ has returned on the map of Indian Railways after a gap of 64 years


Delhi govt partners with Google to provide real-time bus tracking service


The partnership aims to launch a system that will enable commuters to access real-time information about buses, such as the arrival and departure times, and their routes. Users will get an estimation of how long their trip is going to take, and if their bus is delayed. Google Transit will automatically update the times in line with the new conditions.

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Ramesh Nagarajan, the director of product management at Google


Bank of Maharashtra signs MoU with NABARD


The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will boost ongoing developmental initiatives linked to priority sector lending in Maharashtra. The MoU envisages joint initiatives for the benefit of farmers, farmer producer organisations, joint liability groups, self-help groups, rural artisans, weavers, agri-preneurs, agri start-ups, micro, small and medium enterprises in the State.

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CEO & MD, BoM: A S Rajeev


Danish Siddiqui: Indian photojournalist killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan


Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan while covering the region’s escalating conflict for ReutersA Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui’s work spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes.

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In 2018, he won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.


US Navy hands over first two MH-60R multirole helicopters to India


The Indian Navy is procuring 24 of these helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales from the US government at an estimated cost of USD2.4 billion. The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state-of-the-art avionics.

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India’s Ambassador to the US: Taranjit Singh Sandhu

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Twitter CEO announces new Bitcoin based business named TBD for Square


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced to create a new business focused on building an open developer platform for Bitcoin for his financial payments company SquareCalled ‘TBD,’ the new business joins existing payments services like Seller, Cash App and Tidal


NCGTC issues guidelines for Rs 50,000-cr scheme for medical infra


National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd (NCGTC) issued operational guidelines for the Rs 50,000-crore credit guarantee scheme announced as part of Rs 6.29-lakh-crore stimulus package last month by Finance Ministers a maximum loan of Rs 100 crore will be given with a capped interest rate of 7.95 per cent (for healthcare projects) and guarantee provided for three years.

PM Modi inaugurates & dedicates to nation multiple projects in Gujarat


Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated multiple Railway projects and 3-new attractions at Science city AhmedabadThe Railway projects include the newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway station, gauge converted cum electrified Mahesana – Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar – Pipavav section.


Veteran actress Surekha Sikri passes away in Mumbai

An Alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and the National School of Drama (NSD) Surekha Sikri was awarded with 3 national awards. She is also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1989

Delhi-Meerut RRTS: Manufacturing begins for high-speed rail trainsets in Gujarat


Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) trains are 100% indigenously manufactured, with over 80% localisation and are being manufactured in Alstom’s factory in Savli (Gujarat). This facility will produce the bogies, car bodies and undertake train testing.The propulsion systems and electricals are being manufactured at the company’s factory in Maneja (Gujarat).

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The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is India’s first RRTS corridor


PM Modi inaugurated revamped Vadnagar railway station

He also flagged off the Gandhinagar-Varetha Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train which passes through Vadnagar.PM Modi also inaugurated a five-star hotel atop the redeveloped Gandhinagar railway station and some new attractions at Science City in Ahmedabad

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